Dances with Dirt offers 3 events; 50K ultra individual, 50M ultra individual or 100M relay. The main draw to the DWD events are the relay teams. There was just over 100 runners in the 50K and 50 runners in the 50M. There were about 50 teams in the relay.
This is my consecutive year running the 50K. In 2011 I ran with my dad and our friend Mike, finishing in 6:16:56 and was about 5 weeks pregnant at the time but didn't know it. Last year in 2012, I ran this with my dad along with my running friends Dave P., Mike, Dave Z. and Angie and we finished in 6:20:50. I had just given birth about 3.5 months prior so we expected it to be a slower time.
This year I really wanted us to beat the 2011 finish time and would love if we went under 6 hours. We started out with a group of 8; myself, my dad, Dave Z., Dave P., Mike, Jessie, Angie and Brandi. We planned to stick together the entire race. In the end, only 4 of us finished together. That was me, Dave P., Angie and my dad. Even though we didn't finish as a group of 8, we all still managed to cross that line in under 6 hours! Not only did we all come in under 6 hours, we all placed in our age groups. 5 of us to 1st and 3 took 2nd! Definitely a great day overall!!
This was my last race being in the 30-34 age group. I move up to the 35-39 age group on October 20th. I'll be celebrating the new age group by running a marathon that day. :-)
Gender Overall: 5/38
Angie, Dave P., my dad and me with our awards (beer buckets and pilsner glasses)
Mike, Dave P., Brandi, my dad, Jessie, Dave Z., Angie and me
Another group shot